UN meeting seeks help for Pakistan after devastating floods

UN meeting seeks help for Pakistan after devastating floods

GENEVA — A United Nations conference on Monday raised funds and other support to help Pakistan deal with the fallout from last summer’s devastating floods, which the UN chief called a “climate disaster of monumental proportions” that immediately afterward killed more than 1,700 people. cost people their lives. Millions still live near polluted and stagnant … Read more

Russia claims deadly attack, but Kiev denies anyone was killed

Russia claims deadly attack, but Kiev denies anyone was killed

Kyiv, Ukraine — The Russian military claimed on Sunday it carried out deadly rocket attacks against barracks used by Ukrainian troops in retaliation for the deaths of dozens of Russian soldiers in a rocket attack a week ago. Ukrainian officials denied any casualties. Russia’s defense ministry said its missiles hit two temporary bases housing 1,300 … Read more

Travelers rush to take advantage of China’s reopening

Travelers rush to take advantage of China’s reopening

BEIJING — After being separated from his wife in mainland China for two years, Hong Kong resident Cheung Seng-bun made sure he was among the first in line after border crossings reopened on Sunday. The ability of residents of the semi-autonomous southern Chinese city to cross is one of the most visible signs of China’s … Read more

Utah murder-suicide underlines the frequency of family murders

Utah murder-suicide underlines the frequency of family murders

ENOCH, Utah — City leaders in a small Utah town choked this week as they expressed shock after a murder-suicide committed by a fellow church member left eight people dead in their tight-knit community, including five children who were classmates with their children. While shocking, family massacres are a common tragedy across the country. They’ve … Read more

Cooler hires and softer pay increases could help fight inflation

Cooler hires and softer pay increases could help fight inflation

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a solid 223,000 jobs in December, evidence that the economy remains healthy even as the Federal Reserve quickly raises interest rates to try to slow economic growth and the rate of hiring. As companies across the economy continued to add jobs, the unemployment rate fell from 3.6% to 3.5%, marking … Read more

Putin says Russia expects China’s Xi to make a state visit in the spring

Putin says Russia expects China’s Xi to make a state visit in the spring

In the opening address to a video conference between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Putin said he expected Xi to make a state visit to Russia in the spring. Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he expected Chinese President Xi Jinping to pay … Read more

The staff gives the governor of South Dakota a flamethrower for Christmas

The staff gives the governor of South Dakota a flamethrower for Christmas

PETER, SD — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem literally received a warm Christmas present from her staff. Noem’s staff gave her a Pulsefire LRT flamethrower with an engraved plaque of the state motto “Under God, the people rule,” the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported Tuesday. A video posted to Twitter on Sunday shows Noem, decked … Read more

Freezer breaks pipes, causes water crisis in Zuid

Freezer breaks pipes, causes water crisis in Zuid

JACKSON, Miss — Days of freezing temperatures in areas of the Deep South, which normally freeze for only a few hours, threaten dozens of water systems as burst pipes leak millions of gallons of water. The problems arose Monday in large, troubled water systems like Jackson, Mississippi, where residents were required to boil water for … Read more

Louisiana cops indicted in fatal arrest of black motorist

Louisiana cops indicted in fatal arrest of black motorist

FARMERVILLE, LA — Five Louisiana law enforcement officers were charged Thursday with state crimes ranging from negligent homicide to misdemeanor in the deadly 2019 arrest of Ronald Greene, a cause of death authorities initially blamed on a car crash, before long-suppressed CCTV footage of the body showed that white officers beat, drugged, and dragged the … Read more

Second Iranian prisoner executed for alleged crime of protest

Second Iranian prisoner executed for alleged crime of protest

Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Iran on Monday executed a second prisoner detained and sentenced amid nationwide protests challenging the country’s theocracy. Footage was broadcast on state television showing him stabbing two members of the security forces to death and running away. The public hanging of Majidreza Rahnavard less than a month after he allegedly … Read more